Any of the avy beacons on the market are good IF YOU PRACTIVE WITH THEM. They're only as good as how well you know how to use them.
That said, I like the Tracker for a variety of reasons: it's the least expensive on the market, it's one of the toughest and most reliable, it's simple and intuitive to use, and it has one of the best harness systems. It's a little bulky, but Í prefer bulky to fragile.
It's multiple burial function is a little bit weak, but those are overrated in effectiveness anyway. In a multiple burial situation, the time involved digging people out is the limiting factor, not finding them with the beacon.
And most importantly, no matter what beacon you get, get to know your terrain and conditions so you don't get caught in the first place, then practice with your beacon, practice with your probe, practice with your shovel. Know how to do it so well that it's instinctive reflex and you don't have to think about it.
Redefines easy to use
I did an experiment with this beacon when I got it for Christmas. I hid my old beacon in a kitchen drawer (Ortovox F2). I went upstairs and I handed my wife this beacon. To give you an idea of her experience, she has never seen an avalanche beacon in person before, let alone ever used one. I didn't even tell her how to turn it on, let alone use it, and she was within 3 feet of my hidden beacon downstairs within 3 minutes.
No joke, this is an amazingly easy to use beacon, simple buttons, easy to use, uncomplicated. If I was buried in an avalanche (I've been close) I would want my rescuers using this beacon to find me.
function before fashion
This is, without a doubt, the easiest transceiver I've used. I am consistently the first to find the "victim" when doing beacon practice with friends and during classes. In addition, it's the sherman tank of beacons. Some reviews were more concerned about how it made them look ("pregnant"), but personally I'd rather it be reliable to save my life or that of a friend. I don't care if it's hot pink and is the size of a dictionary (neither of which are accurate) as long as it does what it needs to do. Buy this beacon, deal with the bulk (it's not even that bulky!), PRACTICE USING IT, and ride safe.
Just because it is one of the least expensive beacons, doesn't mean it can't get the job done. The battery life is incredible and the unit is practically indestructible (having survived everything from airline baggage handlers to skiing over cliffs to impromptu wrestling matches). Relatively easy to use, but make sure you practice with it before you actually need to use it.
Easy to use
Easiest transceiver to use of any I have seen. Multiple burial function can be a little confusing, but as with any transceiver practice, practice and then practice some more!
NEVER GO INTO THE BACKCOUNTRY WITHOUT IT
THIS TRANSCEIVER IS VERY RELIABLE. THE DIRECTIONAL SYSTEM TAKES PRACTICE TO GET USED TO, BUT ONCE YOU FIGURE IT OUT IT IS QUICK TO FOLLOW. ALWAYS PRACTICE RESCUES!!!
Easy to use
Great beacon for the price. Great beacon overall. could stand to be a little slimer for comfort. THis ia all you need and easy to use.
Great starter beacon
A good starter beacon. Easy to use.
Doesn't do well with multiple burials as another poster mentioned.
better than u expect
it is the easiest beacon i have ever used
The Best Beacon
Best Beacon on the market.